#HBBAdvent Beer 9: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock (Germany)

Ayinger says: A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous medals.

We say: Ratebeer users score this beer as the best of its style in the world and you know what? They're bloody well right. Our food writer Claire Bullen describes this beer as "a brooding, opaque, deliriously malty German style"; we'd simply describe it as sublime.

If you can bear to wait to drink it, Claire recommends pairing it with roast grouse (get her mouth-wateringly delicious recipe here). If not, we don't blame you. We're not sure you could find a more perfect beverage for this chilly Saturday. - Jen